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Michael Drescher

Assistant Professor

Michael Drescher.Degrees

  • Ph.D. Ecology and Resource Conservation, Wageningen University, Netherlands, 2003
  • MSc Ecology, Utrecht University, Netherlands, 1998

Affiliated Faculty of the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis
 

Curriculum Vitae

Research interests

  • Values, motives, and intentions of private land stewardship and its role in biodiversity conservation
  • Socio-economic dynamics as drivers of cascading ecological effects across trophic levels in coupled human-natural systems
  • Climate change effects on the winter ecology of temperate and boreal forests
  • Nature and applications of scientific and non-scientific knowledge in natural resource management and planning
  • Composition, structure and dynamics of forests and grasslands with special interest in disturbance dynamics, succession, alternate stable states, and cross-scale spatial pattern
  • Behaviour and population dynamics of large herbivores in forests and grasslands

Contact Michael Drescher for more information on research opportunities for students.

Graduate student supervision

Research projects

  • Psycho-social links of rural landowners to their land as determinants of stewardship ethic (PI, 2011-present) University of Waterloo
  • Snow and frost regimes in Central Ontario and their effects on soil temperature dynamics and tree species composition (PI, 2009–present) University of Toronto and University of Waterloo
  • Spatial community structure of old growth Great Lakes-St  Lawrence Forest (Co-Investigator, 2008–2010) University of Toronto
  • Expert knowledge of forest resource dynamics – its nature and applications (PI, 2005–2008) Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Long-term forecasts of forest landscape dynamics in boreal Ontario (Co-investigator, 2005–2008) Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Recent/key publications

  • Drescher, M. Snow cover manipulations and passive warming affect post-winter seed germination: a case study of three cold-temperate tree species. Climate Research (accepted).

  • Drescher, M. 2014. What is it like to take care of the land? Toward an understanding of private land conservation. Rural Society 23(2): 117–132.
  • Drescher, M., Perera, A.H., Johnson, C.J., Buse, L.J., Drew, C.A., and Burgman, M.A. 2013. Toward rigorous use of expert knowledge in ecological research. Ecosphere 4(7): art83.
  • Drescher, M., and Thomas, S.C. 2013. Snow cover manipulations alter survival of early life stages of cold-temperate tree species. Oikos 122(4): 541-554.
  • Drescher, M. and Thomas, S.C. Snow cover manipulations alter survival of early life stages of cold-temperate tree species. Oikos DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2012.20642.x (in press).
  • Banin, L., Feldpausch, T.R., Phillips, O.L., et al. 2012. What controls tropical forest architecture? Testing environmental, structural and floristic drivers. Global Ecology and Biogeography 21: 1179-1190.
  • Feldpausch, T.R., Banin, L., Phillips, O.L., et al. 2011. Tree height and vegetation structure over pan-tropical forest-savanna transitions: allometric equations to improve biomass estimates. Biogeosciences 8: 1-16.
  • Drescher, M. and Perera, A.H. 2010. Comparing two sets of forest cover change knowledge used in forest landscape management planning. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 53: 591-613.
  • Drescher, M. and Perera, A.H. 2010. A network approach for communicating and evaluating forest change models. Journal of Applied Ecology 47: 57-66.
  • Ouellette, M. and Drescher, M. 2010. SPT: A software tool for the visualization and exploration of forest succession knowledge. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Forest Research Institute, Sault Ste Marie, ON, Forest Research Information Paper 173.
  • Drescher, M., Perera, A.H., Buse, L.J., Arnup, R., Bowling, C., Etheridge, D., Niznowski, G., Ride, K., and Vasiliauskas, S. 2008. Boreal forest succession in Ontario: an analysis of the knowledge space. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Forest Research Institute, Sault Ste Marie, ON, Forest Research Report 171.
  • Drescher, M., Perera, A.H., Buse, L.J., Ride, K., and Vasiliauskas, S. 2008. Uncertainty in expert knowledge of forest succession: a case study from boreal Ontario. Forestry Chronicle 84: 194-209.
  • Langevelde, F. van, Drescher, M., Heitkönig, I.M.A, and Prins, H.H.T. 2008. Modelling instantaneous intake rate of herbivores as function of forage quality and mass: effects on facilitative and competitive interactions between differently sized herbivores. Ecological Modelling 213: 273-284.
  • Perera, A.H., Ouellette, M., Cui, W., Drescher, M., and Boychuk, D. 2008. BFOLDS 1.0 – A spatial simulation model for exploring large scale fire regimes and succession in boreal forest landscapes. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Forest Research Institute, Sault Ste Marie, ON, Forest Research Report 152.
  • Drescher, M., Heitkönig, I.M.A., Brink, P.J. van den, and Prins, H.H.T. 2006. Effects of sward structure on herbivore foraging behaviour in a South African savannah: an investigation of the forage maturation hypothesis. Austral Ecology 31: 76-87.
  • Drescher, M., Heitkönig, I.M.A., Raats, J.G., and Prins, H.H.T. 2006. The role of grass stems as structural foraging deterrents and their effects on the foraging behaviour of cattle. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 101: 10-26.
  • Drescher, M., Perera, A.H., Buse, L.J., Ride, K., and Vasiliauskas, S. 2006. Identifying uncertainty in practitioner knowledge of boreal forest succession in Ontario through a workshop approach. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Forest Research Institute, Sault Ste Marie, ON, Forest Research Report 165.

Forthcoming/recent chapters in books

  • Drescher, M., Buse, L.J., Perera, A.H., and Ouellette, M. 2011. Eliciting expert knowledge of forest succession using an innovative software tool.   In: A.H. Perera, A. Drew, and C. Johnson (Eds.), Expert Knowledge and its Application in Landscape Ecology. Springer.pp. 69-85.
  • Drescher, M. and Perera, A.H. 2011. Exploring expert knowledge of forest succession: an assessment of uncertainty and comparison with empirical data. In: A.H. Perera, A. Drew, and C. Johnson (Eds.), Expert Knowledge and its Application in Landscape Ecology. Springer. pp. 173-188.
  • Drescher, M., Prins, H.H.T., and Brunsting, A.M.H. 2008. Comments on “Foraging in a heterogeneous environment: intake and diet choice”. In: F. van Langevelde and H.H.T. Prins (Eds.), Resource Ecology - Spatial and temporal dynamics of foraging. Dordrecht: Kluwer/Springer. pp. 101-103.
  • Heitkönig, I.M.A., Drescher, M., and Boer, W.F. de. 2008. Comments on “Predictive modelling of patch use by terrestrial herbivores”. In: F. van Langevelde and H.H.T. Prins (Eds.), Resource Ecology - Spatial and temporal dynamics of foraging. Dordrecht: Kluwer/Springer. pp. 125-127.
  • Wieren, S.E. van, Drescher, M., and Boer, W.F. de. 2008. Comments on “Mechanisms determining herbivore distribution”. In: F. van Langevelde and H.H.T. Prins (Eds.), Resource Ecology - Spatial and temporal dynamics of foraging. Dordrecht: Kluwer/Springer. pp. 29-31.

Courses taught

  • PLAN 104 Perspectives on Planning
  • PLAN 340 Ecology-Based Policy-Making
  • ENVS 469 held with PLAN 669 Landscape Ecology, Restoration and Rehabilitation
  • PLAN 675 Legislative Analysis of Canadian Environmental Assessment Act
  • PLAN 675 Natural resource stewardship
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